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Acharya's Call Part-II
H.H. JAGADGURU’S Madras Discourses
26 Silent Meditation before Lessons
Worship of Goddess Saraswati in silent meditation for a few minutes before the commencement of classes every day, an earnest effort from an early age to preserve and foster the Hindu religion and its tenets, spread of the study of Sanskrit – these are some of the practices which His Holiness Jagadguru Sri Sankaracharya of Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam advised students of the P.S. High School to put into effect, when he addressed them and replied to addresses presented to him.
The following are the other points from the speech:
Before you commence your lessons in the morning each day, you should worship Goddess Saraswati for a few minutes in silent meditation. It is not recitation of prayer verses that matters so much. I may tell you that the essence of prayer lies in sincere devotion to Goddess Saraswati and the Guru (teacher) through silent meditation for a few minutes. This practice will develop in you a spirit of homage and aid you to drive away all evil thoughts from your mind.
Hindu religion or Vedic religion is the oldest religion in the world. Buddhism, Christianity, Islam and other religions are of a later origin. It may well be that in the dim distant past, there was only one religion in the world and that religion was Hinduism. It is our proud privilege to belong to that ancient religion. Consequently, a duty is cast on us to make all possible efforts to preserve and foster it. This can be achieved only by practicing and living up to the tenets of Hinduism and learning the truths embedded in the Vedas. It may be that by the efflux of time some cobwebs have formed which have to be removed. Young boys should learn the fundamentals of our religion from the elders and strive to keep aloft the glories of this ancient Vedic religion.
October 12, 1957